18th Congress of the Philippines

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18th Congress of the Philippines
July 22, 2019 – 2022
Coat of arms of the Republic of the Philippines.
PresidentRodrigo Duterte (PDP–Laban)
Vice PresidentLeni Robredo (Liberal)
Senate
Senate PresidentVicente "Tito" Sotto III (NPC)
Senate President pro temporeRalph Recto (Nacionalista)
Majority leaderJuan Miguel Zubiri (Independent)
Minority leaderFranklin Drilon (Liberal)
House of Representatives
House SpeakerAlan Peter Cayetano (2019–2020) (Nacionalista)
Lord Allan Jay Velasco (2020) (PDP–Laban)
Deputy Speakers
Majority leaderMartin Romualdez (Lakas)
Minority leaderJoseph Stephen Paduano (Abang Lingkod)
Members302

The Eighteenth Congress of the Philippines (Filipino: Ikalabingwalong Kongreso ng Pilipinas) is the current meeting of the national legislature of the Republic of the Philippines, composed of the Senate and House of Representatives. The convention of the 18th Congress was followed by the 2019 Senate election, which replaced half of the Senate membership, and the 2019 House of Representatives elections which elected the entire membership of the House of Representatives.

The House of Representatives meets in Batasang Pambansa Complex and the Senate meets in the GSIS Building from July 22, 2019 to a certain date in 2022, from the fourth to sixth year of the presidency of Rodrigo Duterte; this will be the end of tenure for senators elected in 2016. The 18th Congress was officially opened by President Duterte together with the joint session of the Senate and the House of Representatives.

Leadership[edit]

Senate[edit]

House of Representatives[edit]

Sessions[edit]

  • First regular session: July 22, 2019–June 5, 2020
    • July 22–October 4, 2019
    • October 5–November 3, 2019
    • November 4–December 20, 2019
    • January 20–March 13, 2020
    • March 14–May 3, 2020
      • First special session: March 23, 2020
    • May 4–June 5, 2020
  • Second regular session: July 27, 2020–June 2021
    • July 27–October 12, 2020
      • Second special session: October 13–16, 2020 [1]
    • November 16–December 18, 2020
    • January 18–March 26, 2021
    • May 17–June 4, 2021
  • Third regular session July 26, 2021–June 2022

Meeting places[edit]

Composition[edit]

Both chambers of Congress are divided into parties and blocs. While members are elected via parties, blocs are the basis for committee memberships. Only members of the majority and minority blocs are accorded committee memberships. This is how blocs are determined:

  • Majority bloc: All members who voted for the Senate President or Speaker during the Senate presidential or speakership election.
  • Minority bloc: All members who voted for the second-placed candidate during the Senate presidential or speakership election.
  • Independent minority bloc: All members who did not vote for the winning or second-best nominee during the Senate presidential or speakership election.
  • Independent bloc: All members who abstained from voting during the Senate presidential or speakership election.
  • Not a member of any bloc: All members who have not voted during the Senate presidential or speakership election.

Members[edit]

Terms of members of Congress started on June 30, 2019, took office on July 22, 2019, and will end on June 30, 2022, unless stated otherwise.

Senate[edit]

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Places of registrations of the senators. Blue pogs are for cities and municipalities with one senator; those in red have two. Take note that senators are elected at a nationwide, at-large basis.
Senator Party Terms Bloc City/municipality
of registration
Number Starts Ends
Sonny Angara LDP 2 June 30, 2019 June 30, 2025 Majority Baler
(Central Luzon)
Nancy Binay UNA 2 June 30, 2019 June 30, 2025 Majority Makati
(Metro Manila)
Pia Cayetano Nacionalista 1 June 30, 2019 June 30, 2025 Majority Taguig
(Metro Manila)
Leila de Lima[a] Liberal 1 June 30, 2016 June 30, 2022 Minority Parañaque
(Metro Manila)
Ronald dela Rosa PDP–Laban 1 June 30, 2019 June 30, 2025 Majority Santa Cruz
(Davao Region)
Franklin Drilon Liberal 2 June 30, 2016 June 30, 2022 Minority Iloilo City
(Western Visayas)
Win Gatchalian NPC 1 June 30, 2016 June 30, 2022 Majority Valenzuela
(Metro Manila)
Bong Go PDP–Laban 1 June 30, 2019 June 30, 2025 Majority Davao City
(Davao Region)
Richard J. Gordon Independent 1 June 30, 2016 June 30, 2022 Majority Olongapo
(Central Luzon)
Risa Hontiveros Akbayan 1 June 30, 2016 June 30, 2022 Minority Manila
(Metro Manila)
Panfilo Lacson Independent 1 June 30, 2016 June 30, 2022 Majority Imus
(Calabarzon)
Lito Lapid NPC 1 June 30, 2019 June 30, 2025 Majority Porac
(Central Luzon)
Imee Marcos Nacionalista 1 June 30, 2019 June 30, 2025 Majority Batac
(Ilocos Region)
Manny Pacquiao PDP–Laban 1 June 30, 2016 June 30, 2022 Majority Kiamba
(Soccsksargen)
Francis Pangilinan Liberal 1 June 30, 2016 June 30, 2022 Minority Quezon City
(Metro Manila)
Koko Pimentel PDP–Laban 3[b] June 30, 2019 June 30, 2025 Majority Cagayan de Oro
(Northern Mindanao)
Grace Poe Independent 2 June 30, 2019 June 30, 2025 Majority San Juan
(Metro Manila)
Ralph Recto Nacionalista 2 June 30, 2016 June 30, 2022 Majority Lipa
(Calabarzon)
Bong Revilla Lakas 1 June 30, 2019 June 30, 2025 Majority Bacoor
(Calabarzon)
Tito Sotto NPC 2 June 30, 2016 June 30, 2022 Majority Quezon City
(Metro Manila)
Francis Tolentino PDP–Laban 1 June 30, 2019 June 30, 2025 Majority Tagaytay
(Calabarzon)
Joel Villanueva CIBAC 1 June 30, 2016 June 30, 2022 Majority Bocaue
(Central Luzon)
Cynthia Villar Nacionalista 2 June 30, 2019 June 30, 2025 Majority Las Piñas
(Metro Manila)
Juan Miguel Zubiri Independent 1 June 30, 2016 June 30, 2022 Majority Malaybalay
(Northern Mindanao)

Notes

  1. ^ Currently detained due to drug cases before the Muntinlupa courts.
  2. ^ Pimentel won via electoral protest in 2011, less than two years before he ran and was reelected for his first full term.

House of Representatives[edit]

Party standings per district; party-lists are denoted by boxes to the right. Metro Manila is shown to the inset, at the upper right corner.

District representatives[edit]

Map of provinces showing how many congressional districts it has. Metro Manila is shown to the inset, at the upper right corner.
Province/City District Representative Party Term Bloc
Abra Lone Joseph Sto. Niño Bernos Nacionalista/Asenso 2 Majority
Agusan del Norte 1st Lawrence Fortun Nacionalista 3 Minority
2nd Angelica Amante PDP–Laban 1 Majority
Agusan del Sur 1st Alfelito Bascug NUP 1 Majority
2nd Adolph Edward Plaza NUP 1 Majority
Aklan 1st Carlito Marquez NPC 2 Majority
2nd Teodorico Haresco Jr. Nacionalista 1 Majority
Albay 1st Edcel Lagman Liberal 2 Majority
2nd Joey Salceda PDP–Laban 2 Majority
3rd Fernando Cabredo PDP–Laban 1 Majority
Antipolo 1st Roberto Puno NUP 1 Majority
2nd Resurreccion Acop NUP 1 Majority
Antique Lone Loren Legarda NPC 1 Majority
Apayao Lone Elias Bulut Jr. NPC 1 Majority
Aurora Lone Rommel Rico Angara LDP 1 Majority
Bacolod Lone Greg Gasataya NPC 2 Majority
Baguio Lone Mark Go Nacionalista 2 Majority
Basilan Lone Mujiv Hataman Liberal 1 Majority
Bataan 1st Geraldine Roman PDP–Laban 2 Majority
2nd Joet Garcia NUP 2 Majority
Batanes Lone Ciriaco Gato Jr. NPC 1 Majority
Batangas 1st Eileen Ermita-Buhain Nacionalista 3 Majority
2nd Raneo Abu Nacionalista 3 Independent Majority
3rd Maria Theresa Collantes PDP–Laban 2 Majority
4th Lianda Bolilia Nacionalista 2 Majority
5th Mario Vittorio Mariño Nacionalista 2 Majority
6th Vilma Santos-Recto Nacionalista 2 Majority
Benguet Lone Nestor Fongwan1 PDP–Laban 1 Majority
Biliran Lone Gerardo Espina Jr. Lakas 1 Majority
Biñan Lone Marlyn Alonte-Naguiat PDP–Laban 2 Majority
Bohol 1st Edgar Chatto Liberal 1 Majority
2nd Erico Aristotle Aumentado NPC 3 Majority
3rd Kristine Alexie Besas-Tutor Nacionalista 1 Majority
Bukidnon 1st Maria Lourdes Acosta-Alba Bukidnon Paglaum 3 Majority
2nd Jonathan Keith Flores PDP–Laban 1 Majority
3rd Manuel Zubiri Bukidnon Paglaum 2 Majority
4th Rogelio Neil Roque Nacionalista 3 Majority
Bulacan 1st Jose Antonio Sy-Alvarado NUP 2 Independent Majority
2nd Gavini Pancho NUP 3 Majority
3rd Lorna Silverio NUP 2 Majority
4th Henry Villarica PDP–Laban 1 Majority
Cagayan 1st Ramon Nolasco Jr. NUP 1 Majority
2nd Samantha Louise Vargas-Alfonso NUP 1 Majority
3rd Joseph Lara PDP–Laban 1 Majority
Cagayan de Oro 1st Rolando Uy NUP 3 Majority
2nd Rufus Rodriguez CDP 1 Majority
Calamba Lone Jun Chipeco Jr. Nacionalista 3 Majority
Caloocan 1st Dale Malapitan PDP–Laban 2 Majority
2nd Edgar Erice Liberal 3 Majority
Camarines Norte 1st Josefina Tallado PDP–Laban 1 Majority
2nd Marisol Panotes PDP–Laban 2 Majority
Camarines Sur 1st Marissa Andaya2 NPC 1 Majority
2nd Luis Raymund Villafuerte Nacionalista 2 Independent Majority
3rd Gabriel Bordado Liberal 2 Minority
4th Arnulf Bryan Fuentebella NPC 1 Majority
5th Jocelyn Fortuno Nacionalista 1 Majority
Camiguin Lone Xavier Jesus Romualdo Lakas 3 Majority
Capiz 1st Emmanuel Billones Liberal 2 Majority
2nd Fredenil Castro Lakas 3 Independent Majority
Catanduanes Lone Hector Sanchez Lakas 1 Majority
Cavite 1st Francis Gerald Abaya Liberal 3 Majority
2nd Strike Revilla NUP 2 Majority
3rd Alex Advincula NUP 3 Minority
4th Elpidio Barzaga Jr. NUP 1 Majority
5th Dahlia Loyola NPC 1 Majority
6th Luis Ferrer IV NUP 3 Majority
7th Jesus Crispin Remulla Nacionalista 1 Majority
8th Abraham Tolentino NUP 3 Majority
Cebu 1st Eduardo Gullas Nacionalista/1-Cebu[4] 1 Majority
2nd Wilfredo Caminero NUP 3 Majority
3rd Pablo John Garcia NUP/1-Cebu 1 Majority
4th Janice Salimbangon NUP/1-Cebu 1 Majority
5th Vincent Franco Frasco Lakas/1-Cebu 1 Majority
6th Emmarie Ouano-Dizon PDP–Laban/1-Cebu 1 Majority
7th Peter John Calderon NPC 2 Majority
Cebu City 1st Raul del Mar3 Liberal 3 Independent Minority
2nd Rodrigo Abellanosa LDP 3 Independent Minority
Cotabato 1st Joselito Sacdalan PDP–Laban 1 Majority
2nd Rudy Caoagdan PDP–Laban 1 Majority
3rd Jose Tejada Nacionalista 3 Majority
Davao City 1st Paolo Duterte NUP/HTL 1 Majority
2nd Vincent Garcia HNP 1 Majority
3rd Isidro Ungab HNP 1 Independent Minority
Davao de Oro 1st Manuel E. Zamora HNP 1 Majority
2nd Ruwel Peter Gonzaga PDP–Laban 2 Majority
Davao del Norte 1st Pantaleon Alvarez Reporma[5] 2 Independent Minority
2nd Alan Dujali PDP–Laban 1 Majority
Davao del Sur Lone Mercedes Cagas Nacionalista 3 Majority
Davao Occidental Lone Lorna Bautista-Bandigan NPC 2 Majority
Davao Oriental 1st Corazon Nuñez Malanyaon Nacionalista 2 Majority
2nd Joel Mayo Almario PDP–Laban 2 Majority
Dinagat Islands Lone Alan 1 Ecleo Lakas 1 Majority
Eastern Samar Lone Maria Fe Abunda PDP–Laban 1 Majority
Guimaras Lone Maria Lucille Nava PDP–Laban 2 Majority
Ifugao Lone Solomon Chungalao NPC 1 Majority
Iligan Lone Frederick Siao Nacionalista 2 Majority
Ilocos Norte 1st Ria Christina Fariñas PDP–Laban 1 Majority
2nd Eugenio Angelo Barba Nacionalista 1 Majority
Ilocos Sur 1st Deogracias Victor Savellano Nacionalista 2 Majority
2nd Kristine Singson-Meehan Bileg 1 Majority
Iloilo 1st Janette Garin Nacionalista 1 Minority
2nd Michael Gorriceta Nacionalista 1 Majority
3rd Lorenz Defensor PDP–Laban 1 Majority
4th Braeden John Biron Nacionalista 1 Majority
5th Raul Tupas Nacionalista 2 Majority
Iloilo City Lone Julienne Baronda NUP 1 Majority
Isabela 1st Antonio Albano NUP 1 Majority
2nd Ed Christopher Go Nacionalista 1 Majority
3rd Ian Paul Dy NPC 1 Majority
4th Alyssa Sheena Tan PFP 1 Majority
5th Faustino Michael Carlos Dy III PFP 1 Majority
6th Faustino Dy V NUP 1 Majority
Kalinga Lone Allen Jesse Mangaoang Nacionalista 2 Majority
La Union 1st Pablo Ortega NPC 2 Majority
2nd Sandra Eriguel NUP 2 Majority
Laguna 1st Danilo Fernandez NUP 1 Independent Majority
2nd Ruth Mariano-Hernandez Independent 1 Majority
3rd Sol Aragones Nacionalista 3 Majority
4th Benjamin Agarao Jr. PDP–Laban 3 Independent Minority
Lanao del Norte 1st Mohamad Khalid Dimaporo PDP–Laban 2 Majority
2nd Abdullah Dimaporo NPC 3 Majority
Lanao del Sur 1st Ansaruddin Alonto Adiong Nacionalista 2 Majority
2nd Yasser Balindong Lakas 1 Majority
Lapu-Lapu City Lone Paz Radaza Lakas 1 Majority
Las Piñas Lone Camille Villar Nacionalista 1 Majority
Leyte 1st Martin Romualdez Lakas 1 Majority
2nd Lolita Javier PFP 1 Majority
3rd Vicente Veloso III NUP 2 Majority
4th Lucy Torres Gomez PDP–Laban 3 Majority
5th Carl Cari PFP 1 Majority
Maguindanao 1st Datu Roonie Sinsuat Sr. PDP–Laban 1 Majority
2nd Esmael Mangudadatu PDP–Laban 1 Majority
Makati 1st Romulo Peña Jr. Liberal 1 Majority
2nd Luis Campos Jr. NPC 2 Majority
Malabon Lone Josephine Veronique Lacson-Noel NPC 1 Majority
Mandaluyong Lone Neptali Gonzales II NUP 1 Majority
Manila 1st Manuel Luis Lopez NPC 2 Majority
2nd Rolando Valeriano NUP/Asenso Manileño 1 Majority
3rd Yul Servo NUP/Asenso Manileño 2 Majority
4th Edward Maceda PMP 2 Majority
5th Cristal Bagatsing PDP–Laban/KABAKA 2 Majority
6th Benny Abante NUP/Asenso Manileño 1 Minority
Marikina 1st Bayani Fernando NPC 2 Minority
2nd Stella Luz Quimbo Liberal 1 Minority
Marinduque Lone Lord Allan Jay Velasco PDP–Laban 2 Majority
Masbate 1st Narciso Bravo Jr. NUP 1 Majority
2nd Elisa Olga Kho PDP–Laban 3 Majority
3rd Wilton Kho PDP–Laban 1 Majority
Misamis Occidental 1st Diego Ty NUP 1 Majority
2nd Henry Oaminal Nacionalista 3 Majority
Misamis Oriental 1st Christian Unabia Lakas 1 Majority
2nd Juliette Uy NUP 3 Majority
Mountain Province Lone Maximo Dalog Jr. Nacionalista 1 Majority
Muntinlupa Lone Ruffy Biazon PDP–Laban 2 Majority
Navotas Lone John Rey Tiangco Partido Navoteño 1 Majority
Negros Occidental 1st Gerardo Valmayor Jr. NPC 1 Majority
2nd Leo Rafael Cueva NUP 3 Majority
3rd Jose Francisco Benitez PDP–Laban 1 Majority
4th Juliet Marie Ferrer NUP 2 Majority
5th Maria Lourdes Arroyo Lakas 1 Majority
6th Genaro Alvarez Jr. NPC 1 Majority
Negros Oriental 1st Jocelyn Limkaichong Liberal 2 Majority
2nd Manuel Sagarbarria NPC 2 Majority
3rd Arnolfo Teves Jr. PDP–Laban 2 Minority
Northern Samar 1st Paul Daza Liberal 1 Majority
2nd Jose Ong Jr. NUP 1 Majority
Nueva Ecija 1st Estrellita Suansing PDP–Laban 3 Majority
2nd Micaela Violago NUP 2 Majority
3rd Rosanna Vergara PDP–Laban 2 Majority
4th Maricel Natividad-Nagaño PRP 1 Majority
Nueva Vizcaya Lone Luisa Lloren Cuaresma NUP 2 Majority
Occidental Mindoro Lone Josephine Sato Liberal 3 Majority
Oriental Mindoro 1st Paulino Salvador Leachon PDP–Laban 3 Majority
2nd Alfonso Umali Jr. Liberal 1 Majority
Palawan 1st Franz Alvarez NUP 3 Majority
2nd Cyrille Abueg-Zaldivar PPP 1 Majority
3rd Gil Acosta PPP 2 Majority
Pampanga 1st Carmelo Lazatin II PDP–Laban 2 Majority
2nd Mikey Arroyo Lakas 1 Majority
3rd Aurelio D. Gonzales Jr. PDP–Laban 2 Majority
4th Juan Pablo Bondoc PDP–Laban 1 Majority
Pangasinan 1st Arnold Celeste Nacionalista 1 Majority
2nd Jumel Anthony Espino PDP–Laban 1 Majority
3rd Rose Marie Arenas PDP–Laban 3 Majority
4th Christopher De Venecia Lakas 2 Majority
5th Ramon Guico III Lakas 1 Majority
6th Tyrone Agabas NPC 1 Majority
Parañaque 1st Eric Olivarez PDP–Laban 3 Majority
2nd Joy Myra Tambunting NUP 1 Majority
Pasay Lone Antonino Calixto PDP–Laban 1 Majority
Pasig Lone Roman Romulo Aksyon 1 Majority
Quezon 1st Wilfrido Mark Enverga NPC 1 Majority
2nd David Suarez Nacionalista 1 Majority
3rd Aleta Suarez Lakas 1 Majority
4th Angelina Tan NPC 3 Majority
Quezon City 1st Anthony Peter Crisologo NUP 1 Majority
2nd Precious Hipolito NPC 1 Majority
3rd Allan Benedict Reyes PFP 1 Majority
4th Jesus Manuel Suntay PDP–Laban 1 Majority
5th Alfred Vargas PDP–Laban 3 Majority
6th Jose Christopher Belmonte Liberal 3 Minority
Quirino Lone Junie Cua PDP–Laban 1 Majority
Rizal 1st Michael John Duavit NPC 2 Majority
2nd Juan Fidel Felipe Nograles Lakas 1 Majority
Romblon Lone Eleandro Jesus Madrona Nacionalista 1 Majority
Samar 1st Edgar Mary Sarmiento NUP 2 Majority
2nd Sharee Ann Tan PDP–Laban 1 Minority
San Jose del Monte Lone Florida Robes NUP 2 Majority
San Juan Lone Ronaldo Zamora PDP–Laban 3 Majority
Sarangani Lone Rogelio Pacquiao PDP–Laban 2 Majority
Siquijor Lone Jake Vincent Villa NPC 1 Majority
Sorsogon 1st Evelina Escudero NPC 3 Majority
2nd Bernardita Ramos4 NPC 1 Majority
South Cotabato 1st Shirlyn Bañas-Nograles5 PDP–Laban 1 Majority
2nd Ferdinand Hernandez PDP–Laban 3 Majority
Southern Leyte Lone Roger Mercado6 Lakas 2 Majority
Sultan Kudarat 1st Princess Rihan Sakaluran NUP 1 Majority
2nd Horacio Suansing Jr. NUP 2 Majority
Sulu 1st Samier Tan PDP–Laban 1 Majority
2nd Abdulmunir Mundoc Arbison Nacionalista 3 Majority
Surigao del Norte 1st Francisco Jose Matugas II PDP–Laban 2 Majority
2nd Ace Barbers Nacionalista 2 Majority
Surigao del Sur 1st Prospero Pichay Jr. Lakas 2 Majority
2nd Johnny Pimentel PDP–Laban 2 Majority
TaguigPateros 1st Alan Peter Cayetano Nacionalista 1 Independent Majority
Taguig 2nd Lani Cayetano Nacionalista 1 Majority
Tarlac 1st Carlos Cojuangco NPC 2 Majority
2nd Victor Yap NPC 2 Majority
3rd Noel Villanueva NPC 3 Majority
Tawi-Tawi Lone Rashidin Matba PDP–Laban 2 Majority
Valenzuela 1st Weslie Gatchalian NPC 2 Majority
2nd Eric Martinez PDP–Laban 2 Majority
Zambales 1st Jeffrey Khonghun Nacionalista 3 Majority
2nd Cheryl Deloso-Montalla Liberal 3 Majority
Zamboanga City 1st Cesar Jimenez Jr. PDP–Laban 1 Majority
2nd Manuel Jose Dalipe NPC 2 Majority
Zamboanga del Norte 1st Romeo Jalosjos Jr. Nacionalista 1 Majority
2nd Glona Labadlabad PDP–Laban 2 Majority
3rd Isagani Amatong Liberal 3 Minority
Zamboanga del Sur 1st Divina Grace Yu PDP–Laban 2 Majority
2nd Leonardo Babasa Jr. PDP–Laban 1 Majority
Zamboanga Sibugay 1st Wilter Palma II Lakas 2 Majority
2nd Dulce Ann Hofer PDP–Laban 3 Majority
^1 Died on December 18, 2019.[6]
^2 Died on July 5, 2020.[7]
^3 Died on November 16, 2020.[8]
^4 Died on September 8, 2020.[9]
^5 Took office on November 4, 2019.[10]
^6 Took office on December 16, 2019.[11]

Party-list representatives[edit]

Party Representative Term Bloc
Anti-Crime and Terrorism Community Involvement and Support (ACT-CIS) Eric Yap 1 Majority
Jocelyn Tulfo 1 Majority
Rowena Niña Taduran 1 Majority
Bayan Muna Carlos Isagani Zarate 3 Minority
Ferdinand Gaite 1 Minority
Eufemia Cullamat 1 Minority
Ako Bicol Political Party (AKO BICOL) Alfredo Garbin Jr. 2 Majority
Elizalde Co 1 Majority
Citizens' Battle Against Corruption (CIBAC) Eddie Villanueva 1 Majority
Domingo Rivera 1 Majority
Alyansa ng mga Mamamayang Probinsyano (ANG PROBINSYANO) Alfred Delos Santos 1 Majority
Ronnie Ong 1 Majority
One Patriotic Coalition of Marginalized Nationals (1PACMAN) Mikee Romero 2 Majority
Enrico Pineda 2 Majority
Marino Samahan ng mga Seaman, Inc. (MARINO) Carlo Lisandro Gonzalez 1 Majority
Jose Antonio Lopez1 1 Majority
Macnell Lusotan2 1 Majority
Probinsyano Ako Rudys Caesar Fariñas I 1 Majority
Jose Singson Jr. 1 Minority
Coalition of Associations of Senior Citizens in the Philippines (SENIOR CITIZENS) Francisco Datol Jr.3 2 Majority
Rodolfo Ordanes4 1 Majority
Magkakasama Sa Sakahan, Kaunlaran (MAGSASAKA) Argel Joseph Cabatbat 1 Minority
Association of Philippine Electric Cooperatives (APEC) Sergio Dagooc 1 Minority
Gabriela Women's Party (GABRIELA) Arlene Brosas 2 Minority
An Waray Florencio Gabriel Noel 1 Majority
Cooperative Natcco Network (COOP-NATCCO) Sabiniano Canama 2 Majority
Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT Teachers) Francisca Castro 2 Minority
Philippine Rural Electronic Cooperatives Association, Inc (PHILRECA) Presley De Jesus 1 Majority
Ako Bisaya Sonny Lagon 1 Majority
Tingog Sinirangan Yedda Marie Romualdez 2 Majority
Abono Conrado Estrella III 3 Majority
Buhay Hayaan Yumabong (BUHAY) Lito Atienza 3 Independent Minority
Duterte Youth Ducielle Cardema5 1 Majority
Kalinga-Advocacy for Social Empowerment and Nation-Building Through Easing Poverty, Inc. (KALINGA) Irene Gay Saulog 1 Minority
Puwersa ng Bayaning Atleta (PBA) Jericho Jonas Nograles 2 Majority
Alliance of Organizations, Networks and Associations of the Philippines (ALONA) Anna Marie Villaraza-Suarez 1 Majority
Rural Electronic Consumers and Beneficiaries of Development and Advancement, Inc (RECOBODA) Godofredo Guya 1 Minority
Bagong Henerasyon (BH) Bernadette Herrera-Dy 2 Majority
Bahay Para sa Pamilyang Pilipino, Inc. (BAHAY) Naealla Rose Bainto-Aguinaldo 1 Majority
Construction Workers' Solidarity (CWS) Romeo Momo Sr. 1 Majority
Abang Lingkod Joseph Stephen Paduano 3 Minority
Advocacy for Teacher Empowerment through Action, Cooperation and Harmony towards Educational Reforms, Inc. (A TEACHER) Maria Victoria Umali 1 Minority
Barangay Health Wellness (BHW) Angelica Natasha Co 1 Minority
Social Amelioration and Genuine Intervention on Poverty (SAGIP) Rodante Marcoleta 2 Majority
Trade Union Congress Party (TUCP) Raymond Democrito Mendoza Majority
Magdalo Para sa Pilipino (MAGDALO) Manuel Cabochan 1 Majority
Galing sa Puso Party (GP) Jose Gay Padiernos 1 Majority
Manila Teachers' Savings and Loan Association (MANILA TEACHERS) Virgilio Lacson 2 Majority
Rebolusyonaryong Alyansang Makabansa (RAM) Aloysia Lim 1 Majority
Alagaan Natin Ating Kalusugan (ANAKALUSUGAN) Mike Defensor 1 Independent Majority
Ako Padayon Pilipino (AKO PADAYON) Adriano Ebcas 1 Majority
Ang Asosasyon Sang Mangunguma Nga Bisaya Owa Mangunguma (AAMBIS-OWA) Sharon Garin Majority
Kusug Tausug Shernee Tan Majority
Dumper Philippines Taxi Drivers Association, Inc (Dumper-PTDA) Claudine Diana Bautista 1 Majority
Talino at Galing ng Pinoy (TGP) Jose Teves Jr. 1 Majority
Public Safety Alliance for Transformation and Rule of Law, Inc (PATROL) Jorge Antonio Bustos 1 Majority
Anak Mindanao (AMIN) Amihilda Sangcopan 2 Majority
Agricultural Sector Alliance of the Philippines (AGAP) Rico Geron 3 Majority
LPG Marketers Association, Inc (LPGMA) Rodolfo Albano Jr.6 1 Majority
Allan Ty7 1 Majority
OFW Family Club, Inc. (OFWFC) Bobby Pacquiao 1 Majority
Kabalikat ng Mamamayan (KABAYAN) Ron Salo 2 Majority
Democratic Independent Workers Association (DIWA) Michael Edgar Aglipay 1 Majority
Kabataan Sarah Elago 2 Minority
^1 Dropped from the rolls on July 25, 2019.[12]
^2 Took office on November 4, 2019.[10]
^3 Took office on December 4, 2019;[13] died on August 10, 2020.[14]
^4 ^5 Took office on October 13, 2020.[15]
^6 Died on November 5, 2019.[16]
^7 Took office on November 20, 2019.[17]

Committees[edit]

Constitutional bodies[edit]

Committee Senate House of Representatives
Chairman Party Minority leader Party Chairman Party District Minority leader Party District
Commission on Appointments Vicente Sotto III NPC Francis Pangilinan Liberal Ronaldo Zamora PDP–Laban San Juan Alex Advincula NUP Cavite–3rd
Electoral tribunals Pia Cayetano Nacionalista Franklin Drilon Liberal Dale Malapitan PDP–Laban Caloocan–1st [to be determined]
Judicial and Bar Council Richard Gordon Independent N/A Vicente Veloso NUP Leyte–3rd N/A

Senate committees[edit]

House of Representatives committees[edit]

Agenda[edit]

Death penalty[edit]

As of July 2019, bills seeking to reinstate capital punishment in the Philippines have been revived in the Senate ahead of the opening of the 18th Congress.[18]

COVID-19 pandemic[edit]

The 18th Congress enacted the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act and Bayanihan to Recover as One Act as response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the Philippines.

ABS-CBN franchise renewal[edit]

In May 2020, the House of Representatives acted on the pending franchise renewal bills of ABS-CBN that has been pending since July 2019.

Leadership crisis[edit]

Lord Allan Velasco (right) takes his oath of office as House Speaker on October 12, 2020

In 2020, the position of Speaker was disputed, which in the latter part of the year threatened the passage of a bill legislating the national government's budget for 2021. The dispute involved then-speaker and Pateros–Taguig representative Alan Peter Cayetano and Marinduque representative Lord Allan Velasco. This started in July 2019, when the two had a "term-sharing agreement" which was brokered by President Rodrigo Duterte.[19] Under that deal, Cayetano would serve as House Speaker for the first 15 months of the 18th Congress, or until October 2020. Cayetano was to step down from his position as speaker in order to give way for the appointment of Velasco as speaker.[20]

Cayetano, in March 2020, accused Velasco and his camp of a conspiracy to remove him from his position as House Speaker. Velasco denied Cayetano's allegation of supposed ouster plot, stating it "baseless."[21] Cayetano initially oversaw deliberations on the 2021 national budget but tensions in the lower house of the Congress grew by September 2020. His camp abruptly ended sessions in which some legislators criticizing the move which prevented them from scrutinizing proposals on the 2021 budget.[22]

Cayetano offered to resign but his camp claim that majority of the House of Representatives declined his resignation.[22] On October 12, 2020, Lord Allan Velasco and some legislators convened at the Celebrity Sports Complex in Quezon City[23] and conducted a house session where positions including the speakership was declared vacant and appointed Velasco as house speaker. Velasco's camp claimed that 186 lawmakers voted for his appointment as house speaker. Cayetano's camp declared the session a "travesty" and questioned the legality of the session itself. Cayetano maintained that he remains as house speaker.[22] On the other hand, Cayetano called the appointment of Velasco as a speaker a "fake session" as he added that there was no prior plenary resolution authorizing the holding of a session outside the Batasang Pambansa and insists that the House of Representative mace used in the meeting is illegal.[24]

On October 13, 2020, during the start of the special session of the House, Velasco's election as House Speaker last October 12, 2020 was formally ratified by 186 representatives assembled in the Batasang Pambansa.[25] At the same time, Cayetano tendered his "irrevocable" resignation as House Speaker on his Facebook Live paving the way for Velasco to assume his position undisputed.[26]

Changes in membership[edit]

Senate[edit]

House of Representatives[edit]

District representatives[edit]

District Vacating member Caretaker Special election Successor
Member Party Date Reason Member Party Date
Benguet Nestor Fongwan[6] PDP–Laban December 18, 2019 Died in office Eric Yap[27] To be determined
Camarines Sur–1st Marissa Andaya[7] NPC July 5, 2020 Died in office Michael John Duavit[28] To be determined
Sorsogon–2nd Bernardita Ramos[9] NPC September 8, 2020 Died in office Evelina Escudero[28] To be determined
Cebu City–1st Raul del Mar[8] Liberal November 16, 2020 Died in office Lord Allan Velasco[29] To be determined

Party-list representatives[edit]

Member Party Date Reason Successor Took office
Jose Antonio Lopez[12] MARINO July 25, 2019 Dropped from the rolls Macnell Lusotan[10] November 4, 2019
Rodolfo Albano Jr.[16] LPGMA November 5, 2019 Died in office Allan Ty[17] November 20, 2019
Francisco Datol Jr.[14] SENIOR CITIZENS August 10, 2020 Died in office Rodolfo Ordanes[15] October 13, 2020

Legislation[edit]

Republic Acts[edit]

The 18th Congress has passed 33 laws, or Republic Acts 11462 to 11494:[30]

Republic Act Short title Sponsor(s) Third reading votes (Yea–nay–abstention) Presidential action
House Senate
RA 11462 Postponing the May 2020 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections Sen. Imee Marcos 194–6 21–0 Signed December 3, 2019
RA 11463 Malasakit Centers Act Sen. Bong Go 186–1–7 18–0 Signed December 3, 2019
RA 11464 Reenacting the General Appropriations Act of 2019 Rep. Isidro Ungab 193–0 19–0 Signed December 20, 2019
RA 11465 General Appropriations Act of 2020 Rep. Isidro Ungab, Eileen Ermita-Buhain, Estrellita Suansing 257–6 22–0 Signed January 6, 2020
RA 11466 Salary Standardization Law of 2019 Sen. Bong Revilla 187–5 21–0–1 Signed January 8, 2020
RA 11467 Amendments to the National Internal Revenue Code of 1997 Rep. Joey Salceda, Estrellita Suansing, Sharon Garin 184–2–1 20–0 Signed January 22. 2020, with line vetoes
RA 11468 The National Day of Remembrance For Road Crash Victims, Survivors, and Their Families Act Sen. Grace Poe 234–0 20–0 Signed January 23, 2020
RA 11469 Bayanihan to Heal as One Act Sen. Tito Sotto, Pia Cayetano 284–9 20–1 Signed March 24, 2020
RA 11470 The National Academy of Sports Sen. Win Gatchalian 206–0 21–0 Signed June 9, 2020
RA 11471 Creating Barangay H-2 in Dasmariñas, Cavite Rep. Elpidio Barzaga Jr. 213–0 20–0 Signed June 19, 2020
RA 11472 Upgrading the Caraga Regional Hospital Rep. Robert Ace Barbers 170–0 18–0 Signed June 19, 2020
RA 11473 Renaming the Talisay District Hospital into Cebu South Medical Center in Cebu Rep. Eduardo Gullas 182–0 20–0 Signed June 19, 2020
RA 11474 Upgrading the Maria L. Eleazar District Hospital in Quezon Rep. Alyssa Sheena Tan 231–0 20–0 Signed June 19, 2020
RA 11475 Transferring of Rizal's capital from Pasig to Antipolo Rep. Roberto Puno 213–0 19–0 Signed June 19, 2020
RA 11476 GMRC and Values Education Act Sen. Win Gatchalian 225–0 23–0 Signed June 25, 2020
RA 11477 Granting of franchise to Golden Broadcast Professional, Inc Rep. Cesar Jimenez Jr. 216–0–1 18–0 Signed June 25, 2020
RA 11478 Increasing the bed capacity of Bicol Medical Center in Naga Sen. Bong Go 182–0 14–0 Signed July 1, 2020
RA 11479 Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 Sen. Panfilo Lacson 168–36–29 19–2 Signed July 3, 2020
RA 11480 Changing the opening day of schools Sen. Win Gatchalian 241–0 23–0 Signed July 17, 2020
RA 11481 Granting of franchise to First United Broadcasting Corporation Rep. Aurelio Gonzales 222–0 19–0 Signed July 30, 2020
RA 11482 Granting of franchise to Broadcast Enterprises and Affiliated Media Rep. Xavier Romulado 220–0 19–0 Signed July 30, 2020
RA 11483 Converting several provincial roads in Tarlac into national roads Rep. Victor Yap 231–0 23–0 Signed August 14, 2020
RA 11484 Converting road connecting Tubao, La Union and Tuba, Benguet into a national roat Rep. Sandra Eriguel 231–0 23–0 Signed August 14, 2020
RA 11485 Converting the GuimbaTalugtugUmingan Provincial Road into a national road Rep. Estrellita Suansing 231–0 23–0 Signed August 14, 2020
RA 11486 Converting the road network connecting San Fernando and Bula, Camarines Sur into a national road Rep. Luis Raymond Villafuerte 231–0 23–0 Signed August 14, 2020
RA 11487 Converting the Albay Diversion Road in Camarines Sur into a national road Rep. Luis Raymond Villafuerte 231–0 23–0 Signed August 14, 2020
RA 11488 Transferring the Sorsogon Second District Engineering Office from Bulan to Gubat. Rep. Bernadita Ramos 222–0 23–0 Signed August 14, 2020
RA 11489 Creating the Cebu Seventh District Engineering Office Rep. Peter John Calderon 222–0 23–0 Signed August 14, 2020
RA 11490 Creating the Cotabato Third District Engineering Office Rep. Elandro Madrona 232–0 23–0 Signed August 14, 2020
RA 11491 Granting of franchise to Crusaders Broadcasting System Rep. Onyx Crisologo 226–0 19–0 Signed August 14, 2020
RA 11492 Granting of franchise to Gold Label Broadcasting System Rep. Manuel Sagarbarria 233–0–1 18–0 Signed August 14, 2020
RA 11493 Granting of franchise to Bicol Broadcasting System Rep. Salvio Fortuno 170–0 19–0 Signed August 14, 2020
RA 11494 Bayanihan to Recover as One Act Sen. Sonny Angara 242–6 22–1 Signed September 11, 2020

Treaties[edit]

One treaty has been approved by the Senate:

Resolution number Title Foreign party Vote Date of approval
Resolution 34 RP-Russian Federation Treaty on Extradition  Russia 19–0 December 18, 2019

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